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There is a common misconception that all mosquito control services are the same. However, this is certainly not the case. At Mosquito Squad of Chester and Delaware Counties, we are really great at listening to your questions and problems about mosquito control for your property.

Mosquito Squad originally invented the protective barrier treatment to help outdoor lighting installers fight the bite while working. Yes, we are the original mosquito control business, and yes, we have protected more than 100,000 backyards. The products we use and the manner in which we apply them are superior. With this in mind, Mosquito Squad of Chester and Delaware Counties wants to address many of the questions we receive from area residents and clients alike…

How long does it take to achieve the 85-90% reduction in the mosquito populations on my West Chester, Newtown Square or Mainline, PA, property?

We achieve 85-90% reduction on the first barrier treatment. Our formula immediately eradicates existing mosquitoes on contact, so realistically, the reduction is almost immediate. Continuing the program will ensure residual protection for the entire time you are on the service. During your first treatment, our technicians carefully inspect your property and eliminate or treat standing water, a potential mosquito breeding site, with a larvacide. This stops the life cycle of the mosquito at the larvae stage, so they cannot become adults. Then our technicians will treat to eliminate any adult mosquitoes currently on your property. This also builds a barrier against any mosquitoes that enter your yard after treatment from other areas. Our technicians will return to your property approximately every 21 days to inspect and maintain the barrier.

If I have my yard treated, but my neighbor does not, does it still work?

Yes. Mosquitoes do not respect fences or property lines, but our treatment creates an invisible barrier around your property that eliminates mosquitoes that come into your property from other areas. Sometimes a mosquito might fly into your yard and bite you before feeding or resting on the treated surfaces. Other than that rare bite, you will find that the number of mosquitoes is greatly reduced.

What precautions should I take for pets that venture outdoors?

We use only enough product to target a 2.5 milligram mosquito. Unlike mammals, mosquitoes lack enzymes to break down the product, which means we can use a very small amount strategically placed to achieve control of nuisance pests. It only takes a particle to contact such a small organism on a targeted surface and have an acute effect. In comparison, a small pet is about 6 kilograms (that’s 6 million milligrams or 2.4 million times as big). All we ask is that you stay out of the treated area for 30 minutes until the treatment dries. Once the product is dry, it does not rub or wipe off easily, so children and pets can continue playing as they would do normally, only without becoming a mosquito’s dinner.

Can my children play in the yard during a Mosquito Squad treatment?

When treating a yard, we ask that the homeowner and children stay inside while we treat and for 30 minutes after the treatment is completed, which allows the product to dry. After that, they are free to enjoy their backyards and other outdoor living spaces. Quite frankly, it is no different from staying off of your lawn for a recommended period of time after a lawn treatment has been applied. We inform each homeowner of this recommendation prior to spraying and if you are not home, we leave a notice alerting you to the time and date we sprayed.

Will rain dilute or affect my treatment?

Targeted surfaces are the underside of leaves and shaded areas; these tend to be protected from the rain. Additionally, due to the microencapsulation residual of our product, when it has dried (30 minutes) rainwater will not easily wash away the product. If you notice it not being effective, please call us and we will come out for another visit at no additional cost to you.

What are the products you use?

All products used by Mosquito Squad of Chester and Delaware Counties are used according to the label and are registered with the EPA. We are licensed in Pennsylvania to properly use them. The class of products can be found in many household products like head lice shampoos, pet flea and tick treatments, and many agricultural applications such as standard treatments for fruit and ornamental plants.

Will the treatment harm my plants?

All Mosquito Squad treatments are designed to be as gentle as possible on organisms other than the targeted pests. Our treatment is achieved with products frequently used
in the agricultural industry. We do not treat vegetables or herb gardens unless asked to do so. Treat all edibles from your garden like you would store bought ones by washing them prior to consumption. We do not treat vegetable and herb gardens and our technicians take extra care to avoid these areas.

Will your treatment harm beneficial insects?

Some of Mosquito Squad’s treatments can affect other insects in addition to the targeted pests. For instance ticks, gnats, flies and fleas that are in direct contact with the spray during application, will be eliminated. However, care is taken to minimize contact damage to other insects. For instance, we avoid spraying blooming plants that attract honeybees. Once dry, the treatment should not impact insects that do not frequent the target surfaces.

I have a fish/koi pond, will the treatment affect my fish?

Some of Mosquito Squad’s treatments can harm aquatic life. Mosquito Squad technicians are trained to carefully treat around the pond to provide protection for your family without harming the investment you have made in your pond and fish. Additionally, in some cases we may recommend our essential oil treatment or hybrid application for homeowners with fish ponds.

Does it really work?

Yes it does, and we guarantee it. While no service can offer 100% protection from every mosquito, you should notice an enormous reduction of 85-90% percent in the mosquito population in your yard. If you don’t experience this reduction and are not completely satisfied, we come out for another visit at no charge to you. If we are unable to resolve the issue to your satisfaction, we will gladly refund any unused portion of your payment.

Mosquito Squad of Chester and Delaware Counties cares about you and the community and we welcome questions from you. We strive to provide extraordinary service in every aspect of our client relationships, from the first time we answer your phone call to continue treating your property with the utmost respect. Contact us today at (610) 674-0799, or via email at [email protected].

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